Student councils contribute efforts to community projects

Student councils contribute efforts to community projects Members of the student councils of Vermillion High School and Vermillion Middle School attended the 13th annual state convention of the South Dakota Student Council Association (SDSCA) in Huron March 26-28.

The SDSCA Convention included over 300 students and advisors from more than 30 high schools across the state.

"Student council members are hardworking young people who are dedicated to providing leadership and service to their schools and communities," said Marci Hovden, middle school advisor.

Included with the activities of the SDSCA Convention was the election of the SDSCA state and regional officers for the upcoming school year. Elected to 2000-01 SDSCA offices from Vermillion High School are Andrew Knutson, region representative, and Varsha Ramakrishnan, region reporter.

Councils from around the state raised over $10,000, enough to fund two wishes for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Vermillion High School contributed $225 to this service project.

Other service projects in which the VHS Student Council has been involved are walking in the Cancer Relay for Life, donating to a homeless shelter and to the Vermillion Coalition against Domestic Violence, purchasing and planting a tree for the Vermillion Beautiful project, and collecting food for the food pantry.

The student council has purchased sound equipment, including an amplifier and a mixer, for use by the gymnastics team and for school dances, a microwave for the student body and will be purchasing more trash cans for the commons and hallways of the school.

"Our student council is a positive influence in our school," said VHS Principal Doug Tuetken. "They work for other students and the community and have been active in raising funds for various worthwhile projects."

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